Import and transit health certificates as published in EU legislation have been  replaced by certificates published by DEFRA for imports of animal products into GB both from the EU and the rest of the world and for transits through GB.

You can find specimens of the certificates required for import into or transit across GB here 

Notes for completion of the certificates

DEFRA has published information as to how these certificates must be completed here 

In particular note the consignee/importer details to be entered in box I.5 must be name and address of the natural or legal person receiving the consignment in GB

Unfortunately the box numbers in the DEFRA guidance do not necessarily reflect the box numbers on the specimen certificates. Therefore, as the new UK certificates are based on the specimen EU certificates, for products covered by Reg.(EU) 2019/628 (fishery products, honey, snails, frogs legs, gelatine, highly-refined products) you may find it more helpful to consult the notes for completion in Annex II of that regulation (page 18 onwards) here

For other products (fresh meat, meat preparations, meat products, dairy products, egg products, animal by-products) consult Decision 2007/240 starting on page 8 here 


Requirements for imports into GB from EU – staged approach

There is currently a staged approach for imports of products of animal origin, composite products and animal by-products, hay and straw from the EU as detailed in the Border Operating Model (BOM). See in particular section 3.2.3 (page 148 onwards) here

Please note that IUU controls are already in force for marine-caught fish and some shellfish from the EU and you should ensure you have the necessary IUU documents if you are importing such products. See the BOM page 77. Further details on IUU controls are also available on our website 

Useful websites:

If you need further information there is a wealth of information on the gov.uk website on importing or moving live animals, animal products and high risk food and feed not of animal origin which can be accessed via this link

You can find a list of GB BCPs here

The list is expected to be expanded considerably as new GB BCPs are built and approved e.g. for Harwich, Dover, Channel Tunnel


You can access IPAFFS here including finding out how to register on the system